Ochoco National Forest

Ochoco National Forest


Ochoco National Forest
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
Steins Pillar.jpg
Steins Pillar
Location Oregon, USA
Nearest city Mitchell, Oregon
Coordinates 44°22′35″N 120°07′00″W / 44.37639°N 120.1166667°W / 44.37639; -120.1166667Coordinates: 44°22′35″N 120°07′00″W / 44.37639°N 120.1166667°W / 44.37639; -120.1166667
Area 850,000 acres (3,440 km2)
Visitors 575,000[1] (in 2006)
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The Ochoco National Forest is located in Central Oregon in the United States, north and east of the City of Prineville, location of the National Forest Headquarters. It encompasses 850,000 acres (3,440 km2) of rimrock, canyons, geologic oddities, dense pine forests, and high desert terrain, as well as the headwaters of the North Fork of the Crooked River. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the Forest was 95,000 acres (38,000 ha)[2].

In descending order of forestland area, it occupies lands within Crook, Harney, Wheeler, and Grant counties. The national forest also administers the Crooked River National Grassland, which is in Jefferson County.

The Ochoco National Forest is composed of three ranger districts:

The former Snow Mountain Ranger District is now administered by the Malheur National Forest, as part of the Emigrant Creek Ranger District.


The forest contains three wilderness areas comprising 36,200 acres (146 km2):


Popular recreational activities in the Ochoco National Forest include hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, horseback riding, stargazing, birding and rock hounding.


  1. ^ Revised Visitation Estimates - National Forest Service
  2. ^ Bolsinger, Charles L.; Waddell, Karen L. (1993), Area of old-growth forests in California, Oregon, and Washington, United States Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Resource Bulletin PNW-RB-197, http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rb197.pdf 

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